“Dan provided outstanding legal advice – technically excellent and commercially astute. I would not hesitate to recommend Dan to other organisations.”

Lily HepworthGeneral Counsel

About Dan

Dan is our managing partner, responsible for the ongoing development and administration of our firm. He is also a commercial contracts lawyer, providing advice and support to enterprise clients as they manage relationships with new and existing trading partners.

Dan’s Expertise

Dan has a broad commercial practice and always enjoys a new challenge. He has particular expertise with PaaS and SaaS contracts in the technology sector and with manufacturing and supply agreements in the automotive and heavy industry sectors.

Dan’s background as a corporate and M&A lawyer positions him particularly well to advise on commercial arrangements that involve an investment or corporate element.

His recent experience includes advising a significant pensions fintech business on a series of platform-as-a-service deals with a number of large financial institutions around the world, as well as working through the detailed IP arrangements with suppliers that sit under the advanced platform.

Dan supported the same client to pull together a complex series of related commercial and corporate investment agreements with a major international financial institution to develop a global technology and financial services partnership. He also advised the same fintech business on a new commercial and technology partnership with a large British bank.

Dan recently advised a London listed heavy-industry organisation on a series of commercial deals with its customers and major suppliers, as well as navigating commercial negotiations in a series of early stage disagreements with one of those customers.

Dan’s Career history

From 2006 to 2014, Dan trained and practised as a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A, private equity transactions and general corporate advisory work in a leading international firm, based in the City of London and New York.

In 2014, he left the firm where he trained to develop his own independent practice, supporting businesses and in-house legal teams by providing interim general counsel and corporate and commercial legal advice. His practice steadily developed into an independent firm, Stanton & Co, where Dan increasingly specialised in the negotiation of commercial contracts and trading arrangements.

In 2021, Dan founded Clearlake, to build an organisation that serves our clients, our people and our community to the best of our ability.

Dan’s Education

The London School of Economics, London, BSc Government, 2003

City University School of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005

BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2006

Dan’s Admissions

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, admitted October 2008

Dan is a practising solicitor, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in England and Wales, with authorisation number 413202.

“Dan has a proven track record on both ongoing operational issues as well as special projects. He has demonstrated expertise in the automotive industry and significant experience operating across borders and business functions.“

Janis N. AcostaGeneral Counsel & Executive Vice President

“Dan was able to manage a diverse set of legal issues that could not be effectively handled by our headquarters in the United States. His strong transactional background was invaluable in supporting our operations throughout more than a dozen countries in Europe.”

Kiel SmithGeneral Counsel

“Dan was responsive, reliable and provided outstanding legal oversight during a fast-moving, pressurised process.”

Mo ChakibGeneral Manager


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